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At War With My Hot Water Heater

By Cam Mather Alternate Blog Titles; Do we really need THAT many buckets in the living room?? or “The Dreaded Whoosh of the Hot Water Tank” I loathe my propane hot water tank. With a vengeance. When I hear it come on I feel like I’ve been kicked in the gut on one of those …

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Back to the Future – Freezing Zero-Carbon Corn

By Cam Mather North Americans just have no idea how much energy goes into getting food on our plates. If we did, we’d all walk around in a big grateful daze saying “Thank you farmers, thank you Jolly Green Giant, thank you cheap energy….” and never get anything done. I used the “Back to the …

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The Off-Grid/Green Myth, Part II

By Cam Mather When Professor and Canada Research Chair Phillip Vannini came to visit us recently as part of his research on people who live “off the grid” he had just come from an off-grid home north of Toronto. This couple had indicated to him that they had gone off grid for “environmental reasons.” I …

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The Year of Magical Walking*

By Cam Mather I have written a few too many ranting blogs lately, ranting about the impending collapse of the dollar and my unexplained angst about being a solar early adopter (I haven’t posted that one yet), so figured it was time for something lighter. It’s not hard to write a positive blog when I …

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The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-on, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop Wrap Up

By Cam Mather A couple of Saturdays ago we had 12 people come to Sunflower Farm for “The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-on, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop.” It was a blast. It was a really great group of people and I think everyone had a great day. I know …

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Article by William Kemp in the Latest Mother Earth News Magazine

The October/November 2011 issue of Mother Earth News contains an article by William Kemp (author of our book “The Renewable Energy Handbook.”) He talks about his steps to use as much renewable energy and as little fossil fuel as possible in his home. Bill and Lorraine Kemp have been living off the grid for 20 …

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I Am Thankful

By Cam Mather I read a great book that said that one of the keys to happiness is being grateful. Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend. I am grateful for that. I think it’s a nice chance to spend a long weekend with family, almost 3 months away from the chaos of Christmas. I am thankful …

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The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-on, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop

By Cam Mather Shortly after we moved off the electricity grid 13 years ago I began presenting workshops on renewable energy. The first renewable energy workshop that I did was a bit of an afterthought. I was presenting a workshop on home-based businesses at a homeschooling conference that Michelle and I were involved with. We …

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My Off-Grid Solar-Powered Air Conditioner

By Cam Mather I always thought “air conditioning” and “off the grid” didn’t belong in the same sentence, unless it was suggesting that you COULDN’T have air conditioning off the grid. But like so many things in my life I have discovered that foundations can shift and reality can be altered. Since moving to our …

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The Great Blog Smackdown

By Cam Mather Ouch! That hurt. I got a major slap down on my “Oprah for President” blog on Mother Earth News. Here’s the comment; “Cam-Really, really sad. No let me reconsider…pathetic. Yes, that’s the right word… ‘Pathetic.’ This is the first time I have read your blog. I can assure you I won’t waste …

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